Vanguard (Lagos)

5 December 2012

Nigeria: JNI Faults Removal of Commandant, Commander Over Jaji Bombings

Kaduna — Jama'atu Nasril Islam, JNI, Tuesday, condemned the removal of the Commandant of the Armed Forces Command and Staff College, Jaji, near Kaduna, Air Vice Marshal Abdullahi Kure and the Corps Commander, Infantry of the college, Major Gen. Muhammad Isa, following the bombing of the institution last month.

A statement by JNI Secretary-General, Dr. Khalid Aliyu in Kaduna condemning their removal, read: "While reiterating our condemnation of the blasts and emphasising the need for the immediate and thorough investigations into the matter, we want to state that the immediate removal of the two officers does not speak well of the military, which was hitherto known to be careful and objective in dealing with sensitive issues of national interest.

"We cannot comprehend the use of two different approaches to addressing the same issue. Nigerians may not understand why the two Jaji officers would be removed in connection to the blasts even before any proper investigation, while no immediate posting-out followed the bombings at the First Mechanised Division (of the Nigerian Army) and the Police Headquarters, which preceded it.

"The fact that the two officers, who were swiftly removed, were Muslims, and were replaced by two officers who are non-Muslims makes any discerning observer to be suspicious of the motives behind the whole exercise.

"It is our sincere concern to which we make bold to state that any attempt at politicising the issue of security in Nigeria will not only worsen our security situation, but will also continue to polarise the military family and the entire security system along religious and ethnic divides; something that would not augur well for the future of our dear nation.

"Rash decision on serious issues of this magnitude, even before the Committee charged with the investigation of the incidents did not submit it's report, leaves much to be desired."

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